The Shelf Life String Band is coming to Williamsport.
The five-piece bluegrass band will play from 8 to 11 p.m. on Sunday at the Bullfrog Brewery, 229 W. Fourth St., the quintet's first performance in Williamsport.
"We love Bullfrog's beer, so we're looking forward to the gig, as well as exploring the town earlier in the day," said bassist Trish Imbrogno in an e-mail interview.
The Shelf Life String Band is Joe Dep on banjo, Derek Dysart on guitar, Andy Boehm on mandolin, Rocky Youhon on violin and Imbrogno on double bass. All of the members except Imbrogno provide vocals.
The band members don't like to put themselves in one strict genre of music, although, when pressed, Imbrogno called their music "high-energy, untraditional [sic] bluegrass."
"Our backgrounds are varied, which brings many influences into our sound," she explained.
Imbrogno studied classical bass for many years before joining the band, while violinist Youhoun studied jazz.
"We've all been heavily influenced and captivated by music from a young age - not all playing, but definitely all listening," Imbrogno said.
Beside the obvious bluegrass, some of the members' common areas of interest and influence have included punk rock and "jam bands" like the Grateful Dead and Phish.
Imbrogno explained that their combined music collection contains no small amounts of funk, jazz, and "copious amounts of all styles of bluegrass."
"Even after being bitten by the bluegrass bug, pieces of each of these influences creep into our sound," Imbrogno said.
"We really don't mind, either, as it keeps our sound evolving - interesting and different from other new interpretations of the genre," she added.
The band's performance in Williamsport comes only a day after a two-day participation in the Laurel Hill Bluegrass Festival in Somerset.
"We've been really busy this summer," explained Imbrogno.
"Laurel Hill (was) our first Bluegrass Festival of the summer," she said, "however, we performed for the Whiskey Rebellion Festival (Washington, PA) and the Deutschtown Music Festival (on Pittsburgh's Northside) and we will be playing at the Ohiolina Music Festival outside of Columbus over Labor Day weekend."
While the band likes to travel for shows, Dep studies at the Berklee College of Music, so September always means an adjustment for the group.
"For the fall, we tend to stick close to Pittsburgh," explained Imbrogno. "Our friend Mark Naylor sits in while Joe is away, but we really only go on the road when Joe is in town. We'll be booking shows afar when he's home on breaks," she said.
When the band isn't traveling, they host a weekly "Bluegrass Night" at the Park House in Pittsburgh on Wednesday nights, where they have performed bluegrass covers of songs by bands like The Coasters and Pink Floyd.
The band will have copies of their full-length album, "Another Evening and Other Tales," available for sale at the Bullfrog Brewery.
The album, which was recorded by Nate Campisi at Mr. Smalls Studio in Pittsburgh, is something of a concept album, attempting to trace an evening's worth of fun and music, Imbrogno said.
"The album adheres to a timeline that is reminiscent of an evening of drinking, storytelling and debauchery with friends, with each track representing an hour of the night that stretches from 9:00 p.m. through 6:00 a.m.," she said.
Imbrogno said that the title track leads off the album with a punch.
" 'Another Evening,' kicks off ... with a high-energy spirit and lyrics that depict an eager entertainer with an 'anything goes' attitude that drives through the entire album," she said.
The band intends to bring that spirit to their Bullfrog Brewery performance on Sunday, where, according to their website, "they're headed out to share some foot-stompin', fast-ass bluegrass."
There is no cover for the show at the Bullfrog.
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